CANADIAN forward Evan Bloodoff has signed for Coventry Blaze ahead of the 2019/20 season, joining from Elite Ice Hockey League rivals Fife Flyers.
Bloodoff spent a productive two years with the Scottish side, making 110 league appearances and laying on 97 points overall, scoring 62 goals and assisting 35 – making him one of the league’s best players for his offensive contributions.
The winger lifted the Gardiner Conference trophy whilst with the Flyers and took them to two post-season playoffs in both seasons at the club.
He offers a wealth of experience to the Blaze, with the 28-year old also accumulating 330 appearances in the ECHL and AHL during his time playing in the United States.
Bloodoff admitted that he can’t wait to get started in Coventry.
“I have nothing but good things to say about the organisation in Fife, but I just thought it was time for a change,” he said.
“I’m very excited about this new opportunity in Coventry and I’m looking forward to meeting everybody there in August.”
Head coach Danny Stewart is feeling confident that Bloodoff can become a key player whilst with the club.
“With us losing some key guys from last season, it’s vital that we replace production and adding a guy like Evan who has scored over 60 goals the past two seasons does that,” he said.
“He skates well, plays the right way and scores goals in different ways – he’s a dirty area guy and can score from anywhere.
“At times last season, although we scored a lot of goals, I felt when games got heavy we had a tough time scoring those dirty goals, so adding a guy like Evan is important and the fact he’s a veteran, will prove important with a younger group.”